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Brawl on the front lines: West Virginia opens with rivalry game where Pitt matters

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West Virginia and No. 17 Pittsburgh will renew the Backyard Brawl Series on Thursday to start the 2022 season.

"Going through the winter, going through Springball, going through summer training, and knowing that was a big candy for the players," said the Mountaineers for his third straight win. said Neil Brown, coach of the winning West Virginia State. with pit. "Oh, not only are there games to look forward to, but it's a primetime rivalry game. We're not playing what you call Week 0, but we're playing against Power Five on Thursday night. It's the best Power Five game to play against and the staff is thrilled."

The rivalry update marks the reunion of a pair of former USC Trojan quarterbacks. It's also a possibility.

Brown is entering a pivotal season with the Mountaineers, ending his 6-7 campaign in 2021. Brown played 17-18 in his three seasons at Morgantown, but the program went back to back. In his bowl games, the Mountaineers are just 11-15 in the Big 12 plays.

Defense has been WVU's calling card for the last few seasons.

However, WVU lost a key man on the other side of the ball, leaving him one of only three starters scheduled to return. The secondary has some depth issues, but lineman Dante Stills should help this unit become one of the strongest in the league for coordinator Jordan Leslie. 29} Brown was able to woo JT Daniels through a transfer portal to run the offense of new coordinator Graham Harrell. Harrell was a playcaller at USC when Daniels was the Trojans' starting quarterback in 2019.

Pitt earned his ACC and last season he went 11-3. The program is doing its best. Encourage players to think bigger.

"I want to win the national championship," said Narduzzi. "We want to make it to the playoffs. We were one game away from getting into that talk last year. … If you go to the 12-team playoffs, we're there. That's where we want to be."

But Narduzzi has the difficult chore of replacing star quarterback Kenny Pickett and playmaking wide receiver Jordan Addison. But former USC signal-caller Keddon Slovis, who took over for the injured Daniels at USC in 2019, has replaced new coordinator Frank Signetti Jr., who inherited all five starting linemen and a deep backfield from last season. Below you have the chance to continue humming the attack.

Anyway, Pit is ready for testing. any test.

"We feel like we've been in camp forever," said Narduzzi.

On defense, the Panthers return his seven starters up front, including Karija Kansi. The unit led his ACC in rush defense last year, holding limited teams to just under 24 points per game.

ESPN's College GameDay will be held on campus to mark the first visit to Pittsburgh since 2005.

This game commemorates the 105th edition of Backyard Brawl owned by Pitt. West Virginia won each of the last three matchups between the two programs in 2009–11, when both were members of the Big East, but finished the rivalry with a 61-40-3 record. left.

– Field Level Media